Courses

By the end of this class, you will know how to define your retirement lifestyle, understand your income needs and create your own personal retirement checklist. Learn investment planning techniques and risk avoidance strategies. Don't get caught unprepared for retirement.


February 4-6, 2020, CAS 115
Spend the afternoon tasting and exploring different beer styles. Award winning homebrewer, Steve Brainerd, will guide you through the tour and teach you about what makes each style unique. Students must be 21 years of age or older and bring ID.


Saturday, April 4, 2020, RDM3 306
Discover composition elements that will help you create the "WOW" factor. Understand how to use your camera's advanced controls and lenses as creative tools to modify detail, contrast, form, and depth. This course is intended for students who are interested in specialized techniques such as HDR, focus stacking, night photography, supplemental lighting, panoramas, and tethering. Taught by a professional photographer.


Saturday, February 29, 2020, HCC 0190
Saturday, May 9, 2020, HCC 0190
Discover reasons why you are unable to sleep at night, struggling with low energy, and why your libido has disappeared. Hormones can influence behavior and mood, give zest for life or leave you dragging. Explore the connection between thyroid, adrenal, and sex hormones, and learn how you can gain control.


Wednesday, March 18, 2020, HCC 0140
Wednesday, April 22, 2020, HCC 0140
Weave pine needle baskets with Ponderosa needles coiled in native tradition. Finish with different patterns, stitches and embellishments from nature. Bring $15 materials fee, scissors, & lunch.


Saturday, March 21, 2020, BEC 0152
Sunday, March 22, 2020, RDM3 305
Saturday, May 16, 2020, RDM3 305
Sunday, May 17, 2020, BEC 0152
Paleo, Keto, Whole30, DASH, Mediterranean, Vegan - Are you curious about the differences between these popular diets and which one might be the best for you? This class navigates the philosophies of each diet by highlighting their advantages and shortcomings. Learn how to determine which one might be a good fit for your health goals and lifestyle.


Monday, April 13, 2020, CHLAB 301
Using a mixture of lecture and hands-on application, your expert instructor will guide you through the importance of using scale and design before building, foundation basics, the components of a typical wall framing system, framing and truss layout, and roof system basics. You'll learn how to safely use construction tools and tricks of the trade for basic construction for homeowners. For students who want to learn about home/project based construction. Tools will be provided. Students will need to provide their own construction appropriate gloves.


Saturday, January 25, 2020, RTEC 113
Leaders and teams with high Emotional Intelligence (EI) are more successful and resilient than those who are only technically qualified. EI is based on such competencies as respecting yourself, persistently working to achieve your full potential, valuing and motivating others, and engaging creatively when conflict happens. Learn the five competencies of EI and techniques for developing them.


Friday, February 7, 2020, BEC 0154
Emotional eating contributes significantly to weight gain and the inability to lose weight. In addition, it generates uncomfortable feelings of self-judgement and guilt. Join Integrative Nutritionist Dianne Porter to learn how to shift this unconscious habit into one of contemplation. Dianne will help you explore writing exercises designed to promote healthy habits.


Monday, May 11, 2020, CHLAB 301
Join Nurse Practitioner and Certified Eden Energy Medicine Advanced Practitioner Gail Jett to explore the basics of energy healing and energy medicine. Learn the science behind these modalities and ways to augment your own health and well-being with some simple techniques that can increase energy, vitality, mental clarity and focus.


Saturday, March 14, 2020, CHLAB 301
Many people are exploring the benefits of alternative therapies for their pets. Join Gail Jett, Nurse Practitioner and Certified Eden Energy Medicine Advanced Practitioner, as she explains the foundation of energy medicine and demonstrates simple techniques you can use with your pets.


Saturday, April 18, 2020, CHLAB 301
How can you ensure your estate is passed on according to your wishes after you are gone? This class will give you an overview of estate planning and address the preparation and uses for power of attorney, advanced directives, trusts and wills.


Saturday, March 7, 2020, PRI 119
How can you ensure your wishes are carried out when you are gone? Find out why living trusts are essential regardless of wealth. This overview of estate planning addresses probate, estate and capital gains taxes, health and long-term care planning, and legal and financial options.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Create, edit, format, and save spreadsheets using Excel. Write formulas, create charts, manage multiple worksheets, and customize the appearance to meet your needs.


January 21-23, 2020, BEC 0156
February 3-5, 2020, BEC 0156
February 21-28, 2020, RDM1 128
March 4-6, 2020, BEC 0156
Streamline your work in Excel by managing multiple worksheets, using conditional formatting, IF, DATE and LOOKUP functions, use templates and protect your worksheets.


February 11-13, 2020, BEC 0156
March 2-4, 2020, BEC 0156
This course is for experienced Excel users who want to learn tools including Flashfill, Styles, Text to Columns, Grouping Worksheets, SubTotals, PivotTables, Macros and more.


Wednesday, February 26, 2020, BEC 0156
Begin your adventure on dry land with a general overview of equipment and terminology. Learn basic knots, how to string up a fly rod, and how to fly cast. Practice casting on grass to prepare for your afternoon on the river. Once you've gotten the hang of casting, the class will move to the Crooked River where you can use your new casting skills. You'll also learn about fly selection, fishing techniques, catch and release tactics, and preservation and ethics. Materials are required for this course.


Saturday, June 13, 2020
Saturday, June 27, 2020
Ham Radio (amateur radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together. Before you can get on the air, you need to be licensed and understand the rules to operate legally. This class will help you prepare to pass the Ham Radio Licensed Technician test and obtain your license so you can begin your journey into ham radio. Bring $15 check for cost of test. Students age 16 or older may register for this class but those under age 18 must attend with a paid parent or adult.


Saturday, February 15, 2020, HCC 0260
Saturday, March 21, 2020, HCC 0260
Chronic inflammation can cause irreversible damage to joints, bowels, heart and blood vessels and the brain. Inflammatory foods, poor digestion, and chronic stress all contribute to this type of inflammation. Learn about the causes, effects and remedies of this type of inflammation. Explore the anti-inflammatory diets now being used by millions to significantly improve their health, digestion and energy.


Tuesday, February 25, 2020, CHLAB 301
Tuesday, May 12, 2020, CHLAB 301
Research indicates there is a direct link between digestion and overall health. Learn about foods and herbs used throughout the world to attain and maintain digestive health. Leave with recipes to make easy herbal remedies at home.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
It is possible to have a successful garden in our challenging region! Join Master Gardener Liz Douville to learn about climate, soil basics, fertilizers, compost and watering requirements. This class is a great first step for those who are new to gardening in the High Desert or for seasoned gardeners to find fresh ideas for an existing garden.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Horses are astute and direct at reading body language. If you've ever wondered how your body language conveys confidence, clarity, honesty and emotion, let the horses show you. Students will learn about themselves through these unique interactions with horses. No riding involved and no experience required.


Saturday, April 25, 2020, HORSETALK
Adobe InDesign is an easy-to-use design and layout program used to create many types of documents. Learn to use InDesign's toolbox, manage palettes, identify menus and basic document management.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Adobe InDesign is an easy-to-use design and layout program used to create documents of many types, from single page advertisements and flyers to complex multi-page color publications. Learn to use the toolbox, manage palettes, identify menus and basic document management.


February 10-12, 2020, BEC 0156
Enhance the impact of your photos by understanding the elements of image composition. Take your camera off "auto" to explore more advanced camera settings. This course is taught by a professional photographer and is intended for students who are familiar with DSLR camera controls and wish to become more proficient with adjustable shutter, aperture and other advanced manual controls.


Saturday, April 11, 2020, HCC 0190
Join Chef Shannon with this hands-on International Sunday Dinner series. The winter series kicks off in the American South and brings a new twist to a favorite Sunday dinner. Learn to prepare Adobo Fried Chicken, Tasso Ham Macaroni & Cheese and Braised Greens with Bacon & Sweet Onions.


Sunday, January 26, 2020, CUL 117
Join Chef Shannon with this hands-on International Sunday Dinner series. The second class in this winter series takes students on an exploration of French Country Cuisine. Learn French cooking techniques while preparing a delicious Sunday dinner of Coq Au Vin with Potatoes Anna and Haricots Verts.


Sunday, February 16, 2020, CUL 117
Join Chef Shannon with this hands-on International Sunday Dinner series. The final class in this winter series visits the Mediterranean region. Students will prepare a traditional Greek Moussaka, Phyllo Crusted Spanakopita and a Tomato Feta Salad.


Sunday, March 15, 2020, CUL 117
Astrology has been defined as a symbolic language, an art form and a science. Join this class and learn the basic tenants of astrology, regardless of its definition. Class will cover the 12 signs of the Zodiac and the planets that rule each house. Students will identify their own sign, draw its symbols and create their own personal Zodiac chart.


Saturday, February 29, 2020, HCC 0230
Discover how to take incredible photos with your iPhone! This class will teach you how to use the camera more effectively using basic composition skills, image editing, and apps that add features and benefits.


Monday, January 27, 2020, CHLAB 301
Monday, April 27, 2020, CHLAB 301
Learn how to properly use your knife safely and efficiently while learning to cut julienne, dice and chiffonade knife cuts. Cut vegetables will be used in the making of classic French onion soup and a power salad with carrot ginger dressing. Chef Candy will discuss the difference between sharpening and honing. Students must bring their own knife. Cost includes a sharpening stone for use at home.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Learn basic sewing techniques in this hands-on class. Topics will include tips on which stitch to use, types of needles and when to use them, adjusting tension and different types of seams for various applications. Students will have the opportunity to complete one pillowcase in this four-hour class. Materials are required for this class.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Learn what you need to know before it's too late to make the most of your Social Security!


Tuesday, January 21, 2020, CAS 115
The standard treatment for low thyroid is lifelong medication, but there's more one can do to heal and support this critical gland. Explore how foods like wheat and soy can interfere with thyroid function, while iodine and certain herbs can help. Fill out a thyroid questionnaire and learn to take your basal body temperature, an indicator of thyroid function.


Tuesday, May 5, 2020, CHLAB 301
Continue to grow your MI skills and practice through conversations and activities. This course is for professionals practicing MI with clients on a regular basis.


Friday, April 24, 2020, BEC 0154
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a continual learning process. Professionals with previous MI training or practice will continue developing skills in their role supporting individuals to make and sustain behavior changes.


Friday, March 13, 2020, BEC 0154
This introduction covers the spirit, core skills and processes of MI, as well as the most current research of MI use and effective practice.


Friday, February 21, 2020, BEC 0154
Make your transition from peer to supervisor successful! Being promoted to a role supervising your former peers is one of the most difficult transitions to make in your career.


Friday, March 6, 2020, BEC 0154
Learn how to support your digestive, circulatory and immune systems to prevent a variety of health challenges that can occur with age. Examine the foods, dietary habits and supplements that can promote healthier living.


Tuesday, February 11, 2020, CHLAB 301
Tuesday, April 21, 2020, CHLAB 301
Explore how to paint dynamic landscapes in oil, based on a photograph. Learn how to apply strong value, design and color to any landscape reference in order to master the challenge of making your painting look better than the photograph. Bring your own landscape photo or one will be provided. All skill levels welcome. Materials are required for this course.


Saturday, April 18, 2020, BEC 0152
Explore the beauty of oil painting with step-by-step instruction from professional artist Katherine Taylor. Students will learn to paint the red heart-shaped Anthurium flower and leave with a piece of artwork that would make a wonderful Valentine's Day gift. All skill levels welcome. Materials provided.


Saturday, February 8, 2020, BEC 0152
Perspective is a drawing technique that gives objects the appearance of going back in space, showing distance and depth. This class will focus on easy, step-by-step instructions for creating one and two-point perspective drawings.


April 21-23, 2020, BEC 0152
You and your pet can bring unconditional love and proven psychological and medical benefits to others. Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program is a great way to volunteer with your pet for visiting animal programs. This workshop will provide you with the skills needed to take the next step towards visiting with your pet in hospitals, nursing homes, classrooms and other facilities.


Saturday, April 25, 2020, CHLAB 301
Dive into the world of digital photography. Learn how to capture a beautiful image and use simple photo editing techniques to create a final product. Course includes an overview of basic camera controls as well as post-processing techniques. No experience required. Bring your camera and user's manual.


Saturday, May 9, 2020, RTEC 124
Before the weather warms up and entices you outside to dig in the dirt, spend some time studying planting calendars, researching plant varieties that flourish in Central Oregon and sharing ideas to get the most out of the gardening season. Learn the keys to successful gardening from an experienced Central Oregon gardener.


Saturday, February 22, 2020, HCC 0140
Saturday, March 7, 2020, RDM3 306
Good writing of any kind benefits from clarity, precision, and fresh language. Poetry can help! Perfect the well-crafted line, sharpen your imagery, and get the emotional impact you're after with prompts, exercises, and techniques borrowed from poetry to up your prose writing game.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Project management skills are in growing demand and are often required in many different occupations and industries. Attend this free information session to learn about these skills and if you might benefit from certification. Registration is recommended.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Project management is becoming a vital part of many professions. Gain an overview of how to navigate all phases of project management, including how to successfully initiate, plan, execute, control, and close out projects applying industry accepted project management best practices.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Discover how to restore bone health with or without medication. Find out how bone-rebuilding medications work and the potential side effects so you can make an informed decision. You are invited to bring your DEXA scan report, if you have one.


Tuesday, March 10, 2020, CHLAB 301
Tuesday, May 26, 2020, CHLAB 301
Learn why medications can be essential for treating Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) in the short-term yet damaging to your digestion over time. Get relief without medications; stop suppressing the stomach acid that's essential to healthy digestion. Explore which foods and eating habits are most likely to produce the stomach swelling that aggravates GERD.


Tuesday, January 28, 2020, CHLAB 301
Want to learn to sew, but not sure how to use your sewing machine? This class is a great way to get started on your sewing adventure. Bring your machine and owner's manual and learn common features shared by all standard sewing machines, as well as some features specific to your model. This two-hour class is intended for the beginner with a portable, standard sewing machine (not specialty machines for quilting or embroidery). Materials are required for this course.


Tuesday, February 18, 2020, BEC 0160
The Spanish Health Care Interpreter training prepares bilingual individuals to serve as Health Care Interpreters in medical settings and meets the Oregon Health Care interpreter law standards for entry-level training and education. For more information, visit our Spanish Healthcare Interpreter webpage.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Join professional artist Barbara Berry to explore a variety of special effects using watercolor paint and a combination of other media. In this workshop, students will learn how to create texture using items such as sea salt, rice paper collage, plastic wrap, rubbing alcohol and white acrylic paint to enhance their watercolor paintings. More traditional techniques such as brush rolling, lifting and toothbrush spattering will also be explored. All skill levels welcome. Materials provided except for paper. Paper available for purchase in class at $2-$3/sheet.


Saturday, April 25, 2020
Medicare is a critical source of health insurance for 44 million Americans. This course will provide you with in-depth information on the often confusing process of the Medicare system to make informed choices with your own, or a loved one's, health insurance.


Tuesday, February 25, 2020, CHLAB 301
Thursday, March 12, 2020, RDM3 306
Thursday, April 30, 2020, CHLAB 301
Tuesday, May 12, 2020, RDM3 306
Learn the most important factors for growing tomatoes including light, temperature, variety, and location. Instructor Kathy Gault is an experienced Bend gardener who grows 20-25 varieties of tomatoes annually.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
A food craving isn't normal hunger or a simple preference, and it often leads to loss of personal control, undermining your diet and sometimes your self-esteem. Cravings can be triggered by low blood sugar, inefficient digestion, nutrient deficiencies, toxicity, hormone imbalances and even poor sleep. These conditions can influence your food choices. Learn simple ways to manage and turn down the volume on food cravings.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Discover simple watercolor techniques to create flowers, trees and cattails with the addition of ink to accent and define shapes. Materials provided.


Monday, March 2, 2020, RDM3 306
This class builds on skills learned in the Watercolor Simplified class. Use salt, plastic wrap, spray bottles, and masking fluid to create texture and depth. Materials provided.


Tuesday, January 21, 2020, BEC 0152
Monday, March 9, 2020, RDM3 306
Explore acrylic gouache, a newer form of gouache painting that has characteristics of both acrylic and gouache painting (opaque watercolor). It can be used as a watermedia that is more transparent like watercolor or more opaquely as acrylics or oils. Join professional artist Barbara Berry to explore this exciting new style of painting. All skill levels welcome. Materials provided except for paper. Paper available for purchase in class at $2-$3/sheet.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Learn about the history, legal requirements and distillation requirements of various styles of whiskey made in the United States. This class is interactive and students will spend part of the evening learning the art of whiskey tasting. You will nose, taste and evaluate a diverse selection of whiskies, such as Bourbon, Rye, Wheat, American Light and non-traditional examples. Students must be 21 years of age or older and show ID at the start of class.


Sunday, March 1, 2020, Geist Beerworks
Discover wire wrapping and hammered metal jewelry techniques in this one-day workshop. Projects vary, but may include a wrapped stone, a hammered bracelet, or various rings. Great for beginners or those who have taken the class in the past and want to learn some new skills. Bring a lunch and $20 (cash, check or credit card) to purchase kit with supplies to complete 3-6 projects.


Saturday, January 25, 2020, RDM3 309
Saturday, February 29, 2020, BEC 0152
This one-day course is a step-by-step plan to take you from concept, to research, to a viable letter of inquiry, including techniques for clear and concise writing, presentation and use of appropriate agency. The course will include an overview of the 10 fundamental proposal elements and introduce participants to the proposal development process.


Monday, February 3, 2020, CHLAB 301
Bring your child/grandchild, niece or nephew to bake and decorate delicious heart-shaped cookies for Valentine's Day. Learn a variety of recipes including chocolate sandwich cookies and decorated shortbread. Registered adult may bring one child (ages 6-11) to class.


Sunday, February 9, 2020, CUL 116